It has been a bittersweet time at BSA this week. A year ago today we launched our sister association Sacpa (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association) and BSA released its first COVID alert.
Today we are still working with government agencies, members, and families to support their needs during the pandemic, and with the English half term nearly upon us and a further delayed reopening date for schools in England (and possibly the rest of the UK), we along with the sector are working hard to ensure we are prepared when our doors open again.
The pandemic has impacted many areas of school life, not least the role of Safeguarding governors, DSLs, and DDSLs who are trying to navigate increasingly difficult safeguarding concerns in a remote context whilst preparing to manage caseloads when pupils return. Sacpa has provided a valuable service to its 170 members in 15 countries through its CPD, guidance, and networking opportunities. When we launched a year ago at the BSA Deputy Heads conference we knew there was a great need for an organisation such as Sacpa but as the pandemic compounded issues in our schools, it has become a vital support. A delegate at a recent Sacpa conference said: “Sacpa is a godsend answer to problems we’ve had for decades in safeguarding international students in the UK and abroad!” If you’d like to find out more about Sacpa’s work, please click here. BSA members are eligible for a 50% discount.